Pick-It Up-Toss No Mas is inviting the community to their “Turkey Trot for Trash” Community Cleanup event tomorrow, November 18th. Those interested in volunteering are to meet at the Grant County Community Foundation parking lot in Silver City at 9:00 a.m. After the cleanup, all trash and recyclables will be recorded, and the individual and team with the most trash collected will be rewarded. 

As winter draws near, the Gila National Forest is shutting down water systems and seasonally operated campgrounds across the forest. Some of the locations that will be affected are the Piñon and Juniper Campgrounds, located at Quemado Lake, Dipping Vat Campground, located at Snow Lake on the Reserve Ranger District and the Mesa Campground, located at Lake Roberts, which will close on December 11, after the last deer hunting season. There will still be opportunities for camping at dispersed sites and campgrounds that are open year-round. For more information, visit the website

During the past month, workers from Bat Conservation International (BCI) teamed up with the Gila Native Plant Society to plant agave on six parcels of land. Dozens of Gila Native Plant Society members worked alongside BCI technicians to plant over 900 agaves from XYZ Road to the Mimbres River Valley and Whiskey Creek Zocalo. BCI plans on planting over 2,000 agave plants per year to help augment the native, wild populations of nectivorous bats and to provide nectar corridors across southern New Mexico.

Congratulations to the Lordsburg Maverick 11-12 year old traveling baseball team who recently won first place at the 2023 “Fall Ball Tournament”. The Mavericks played five games, which earned them a spot in the championship game where they were able to defeat the Dodgers 17-2 and the Giants 13-4 earning them the championship trophy. Also during the tournament, the Lordsburg coach-pitch team took second place and the girls softball team placed third. Congratulations to all the winners! 

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To help keep the Farm Credit of New Mexico capital working for the success of local agriculture, American AgCredit is funding a $10 million Rural Roots Endowment ,which will be used to invest in the long-term viability, sustainability and profitability of agriculture in New Mexico. American AgCredit designed the endowment to provide grants and direct funds to New Mexico agricultural organizations that support the next generation of farmers and ranchers like FFA, 4-H and junior livestock. It also will be used to protect New Mexico agriculture, fight hunger and continue AG education in New Mexico. The Rural Roots Endowment grant funds are set to be released in the upcoming year.